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Sri Sanatkumara-samhitaTranslated by Sriman Kusakratha dasa

1ekada yamuna-tiresamasinam jagad-gurumnaradah pranipatyahadeva-devam sadasivamOne day, bowing before Lord Lord Sadasiva, the master of both the demigods and the universe, who sat by the Yamuna's shore, Sri Narada said:2sri-narada uvacadeva-deva maha-devasarva-jna jagad-isvarabhagavad-dharma-tattva-jnakrishna-mantra-vidam varaSri Narada said: O master of the demigods, O great Lord, O all-knowing one, O master of the universe, O sage wise in the science of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, O best of they who know the mantras glorifying Lord Krishna, . . .3krishna-mantra maya labdhasaras-toye pituh parete sarve sadhita yatnanmantra-rajadyo maya. . . from my father I carefully learned the king of mantras and many other Krishna-mantras as we sat by the water.4bahu-varsha-sahasreshusaka-mula-phalasinasushka-parnambu-vayv-adi-bhogina ca nirasinaAt first I ate only wild vegetables, roots, and fruits, then I ate only dry leaves, then I only drank water, then I only breathed air, and finally I neither ate, drank, nor breathed.5strinam sandarsanalapa-varjina bhumi-sayinakamadi-sad-gunan jitvabahyendriyan niyamya caI neither saw nor spoke to women. I slept on the ground. I conquered the six vices, beginning with lust, and I controlled the external senses.6ananya-manasa nityamkrishna-dhyana-parena catri-kala-snana-niratahsaucacara-parayanahWithout thinking of anything else, I always meditated on Lord Krishna. I bathed thrice daily. I was pure in all I did.7tri-kalam arcayed devamsanga-nyasa-vidhanatahnamani kirtayams tasyatat-katha-sravanotsukahPerforming nyasas, one should worship the Lord thrice daily. One should chant the Lord's holy names and be eager to hear His glories.8tad-gunan bhavayan nityamjapan mantram ahar-nisammantrasyartham bhavayams ca premasru-pulakancitahDay and night one should meditate on the Lord's qualities and chant mantras glorifying Him. Thinking of the meaning of the Lord's mantras, one should shed tears of love. The hairs of one's body should stand erect in ecstasy.9evam-adi-gunir yuktobahu-varsha-satam tatahsamsadhya vaishnavan mantrannirvedam gatavan ahamWorshiping the Lord in this way for many hundreds of years, I learned many Vishnu-mantras. I gave up all attachment for the material world.10na purascaranaih kascidvinashtadasabhir manuhkenapi sadhitah kvapimaya drishto na bhu-taleSomeone somewhere may have attained the eighteen-syllable mantra without first performing purscarana, but I have not seen that person anywhere in the world.11jiva-hino yatha dehahsarva-karmasu na kshamahpurascarana-hino hitatha mantra-prakirtitahAs a lifeless body cannot act, so a person who has not performed purascarana cannot chant mantras.12vina nyasam tatha mantrojaptah kalpa-satair apina bhavet phaladah purvamity uktam me svayambhuvaLord Brahma told me that a mantra chanted for hundreds of kalpas will not bring the proper result if not performed with the proper nyasas.13kalau kila bhavishyantinarah papa-parayanahsv-alpayusha ca manda-bhagyamanda-prajnah ku-medhasahIn Kali-yuga the people will be sinful, short-lived, unfortunate, slow, and unintelligent.14sva-dharma-rahita nityamhari-bhakti-vivarjitahasuddha-hridayah kshudrahkamadi-vasa-vartinahThe people will not follow the duties of varnasrama. They will have no devotion for Lord Hari. Their hearts will be dirty. They will be foolish. They will be slaves to lust and a host of vices.15putra-dara-rata nityamhari-bhakti-vivarjitahidrisas ca katham sadhyahkrishna-mantrah su-durlabhahThey will care only for their wives and children. They will not care to serve Lord Hari. How can people like this attain Krishna-mantras, which are so difficult to attain?16na caisham ca harau bhaktihsravanadya bhavishyatikamady-akula-cintanamputra-dara-ratatmanamThey will not be interested in devotion to Lord Hari, which begins with hearing about His glories. They will be overcome by lust and a host of vices. They will care only for their wives and children.17yac capi bhagavan-namasu-labham syat kalau yugena purna-phala-dam tac catasminn evaparadhinamIn the Kali-yuga the Lord's holy name is easy to attain. Still, the full result of the holy name does not come to they who commit offenses.18aparadha-sahasranikritva krishne nirantaramnamasrayas taranty evatani sarvani manavahThey who commit thousands of offenses to Lord Krishna, but nevertheless take shelter of the Lord's holy name, cross beyond all those offenses.19namni kritvaparadhams tuyasyanti narakam dhruvamittham su-dushkara bhaktihsukarapi janardaneThey who commit offenses to the holy name go to hell. It is with the holy name's help that devotion to Lord Hari, which is otherwise so difficult to attain, is attained very easily.20na ca bhaktim vina kincidupayam vidyate paramyenaivanutishthenasugamishyanti hareh padamNo path but devotional service will quickly bring one to the transcendental abode of Lord Hari.21dravya-desatmanam nityamasuddhatvat kalau yugena karma-phala-dam kincidity ahus ca manishinahBecause in Kali-yuga objects, places, and people are all impure, one cannot easily attain the results of performing pious deeds. That is what the wise have said.22jnanam ca dushkaram pumsamkali-kale viseshatahbahu-janma-satairkasyacij jayate kvacitIn the Kali-yuga transcendental knowledge is especially difficult to attain. After many hundreds of births, someone somewhere will attain it.23na ca tabhyam api jnana-karmabhyam prapyate harihtasmad etad dvayam vyarthamsyad ity evam matam mamaOne cannot attain Lord Hari by the cultivation of knowledge (jnana) or the performance of pious deeds (karma). These two are useless. That is my opinion.24na jnanena karmana vavairagyena tapasyayasreyobhir itarais capidanadyair labhyate harihOne cannot attain Lord Hari by knowledge, pious deeds, renunciation, austerities, charity, or other auspicious activities.25labhyate kevalam bhaktyasa capi durlabha kalauittham cinta-kulad evatvam aham saranam gatahLord Hari is attained only by devotional service, service that in Kali-yuga is rare and difficult to attain. That is why I, pushed by a host of worries, now take shelter of you.26tad upayam kincid adyakali-kalocitam vadayenanjasa gamishyantihari-lokam narah prabhoO master, please tell what method the people of Kali-yuga may adopt to easily attain the transcendental abode of Lord Hari.27bhagavan kena mantrenasamsarottaranam nrinamtan mayacakshasva tenasarva-loka-hitam yatahO Lord, what mantra will carry the people from this world of birth and death? So everyone may benefit, please tell it to me.28ko mantrah sarva-mantranampurascarana-varjitahvina nyasair vina yogaihsamskaradayir vina prabhoO Lord, of all mantras what mantra needs no purascarana, no nyasa, no yoga, no samskara, and no other thing?29sakrid uccaranan namnamdadati phalam uttamamyadi yogyo 'smi devesatan me karunaya vadaA single utterance of the Lord's holy name gives the highest result. O master of the demigods, if I am competent to hear it, please kindly tell me the Lord's holy name.30sri-sadasiva uvaca sadhu prishtham maha-bhagasarva-loka-hitaishanasu-gopyam api vakshyamimantra-cintamanim tavaLord Sadasiva said: O fortunate one, your question is excellent. O you who wish for the welfare of all, I will tell you the secret cintamani jewel of the mantras.31rahasyanam rahasyam yadguhyanam guhyam uttamamna maya kathitam devyainagrajebhyah pura tavaI will tell you the secret of secrets, the most confidential of all confidential things. I will tell you what I have not told either the goddess or your elder brothers.32vakshyami yugalam tubhyamkrishna-mantram anuttamammantra-cudamanir namayugalam svayam eva caI will tell you two peerless Krishna-mantras that are the crest-jewels of all mantras.33 and 34paryayas casya mantrasyatatha panca-paditi cagopijaneti vallabheticaranav iti ca kramatsaranam ca prapadyetitata etat pada-trayampadam trayatmako mantrahshod asaksha udahritahOne mantra is "Gopijana-vallabha-caranau saranam prapadye" (I take shelter of the feet of Him who is the gopi's beloved). This mantra has three compound words, five individual words, and sixteen syllables.35namo gopijanety uktvavallabhabhyam vadet tatahyad dvayatmako mantrodasarnah khalu kathyateThe second mantra is "Namo gopijana-vallabhabhyam" (Obeisances to the divine couple, who are dear to the gopis). This mantra has two words and ten syllables.36etam panca-padim japtvasraddhayasraddhaya sakritkrishna-priya-vrinda-madhyevasaty eva na samsayahOne who either with faith or without faith once chants this five-word mantra resides among Lord Krishna's gopi-beloveds. Of this there is no doubt.37na purascaranapekshanasya nyasa-vidhi-kramahna desa-kala-niyamonari-mitradi-sodhanamIn chanting these mantras there is no need ofpurscarana, nyasa, ari-suddhi, mitra-suddhi, or other kinds of purification. In chanting these mantras there is no restriction of time or place.38sarve 'dhikarinas catracandalanta munisvarahstriyah sudradayas capijada-mukandha-pungavahAll, from the lowest outcaste to the greatest sage, are eligible to chant this mantra. Women, sudras, and all others are eligible. The paralyzed, mute, blind, and lame are eligible.39andhra hunah kiratas capulindah pukkasas tathaabhira yavanah kankahkhasadyah papa-yonayahThe Andhras, Hunas, Kiratas, Pulindas, Pukkasas, Abhiras, Yavanas, Kankas, Khasas, and all others born from sinful wombs are also eligible.40dambhahankara-paramahpapa-paisunya-tat-parahgo-brahmananam hantaromahopapatakanvitahThey who are overcome with pride and ego, who are intent on committing sins, who are killers of cows and brahmanas, and who are the greatest of sinners, are also eligible.41jnana-vairagya-rahitahsravanadi-vivarjitahete canye ca sarve syurasyadhikarino muneThey who have neither knowledge nor renunciation, they who have never studied the sruti-sastra and other scriptures, and all others, whoever they may be, are also all eligible to chant these mantras.42yadi bhaktir bhaved esha

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